Sawdust 10 August

photo1_may… is simple, I LOVE CREEKS!

I love the things that live in them and I love the things that live around them. I’m now in Autumn of my life (winter’s getting close) and looking back I see I’ve spent a major portion of my time either around a creek or thinking about it. This then became the foundation for my extreme love of nature, the outdoors, fishing, or just poking around to see what’s up stream. Little did I know that this foundation would later get the creative juices flowing, but it did and much to my surprise.

Here’s how it happened – – – from about 1990 to 2000 Wanda (my wife) and I operated an antique business called “Punkinseed’s” specializing in old fishing and hunting décor and collectables. It was quite successful, so much so that in the later years it was copied by others and it became extremely difficult to find and buy at a price where we could make a profit; then came Ebay and everything went “gunnysack”. About this time we moved from Florida to Tennessee and built a house on 10 acres with a little Bass and Bream pond.

One day I mentioned to Wanda that I’d like to start up our business again but that I’d like to be able to create something so that we wouldn’t have to depend on buying and selling for a profit. She asked “what would you like to do?” I said “I’d love to paint but it would take too long to learn how.” She said “if you start now, you won’t have that excuse a year from now!” I wondered if she ever got tired of being right! Within a week she’d enrolled me in a painting class and I began creating wildlife art on barnwood. Six months later at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC I was introduced to carving. About 6 months later at a women’s fly fishing clinic in Townsend, TN that Wanda was taking, I donated one of my first four carvings, a little 6 inch Appalachian Brook Trout, to their Fund Raising Auction. It sold for over $600.00! Wow, maybe I’d better look at this thing a little closer! I did and the rest is history.

Thank you for stopping by and comments.  Keep the conversation going.  Just leave comments below.  I read and respond as soon as possible – sometimes that’s a bit more possible than others. So be patient .. the chips are flyin’ .

10 thoughts on “Sawdust 10 August

    1. Hi Tommy, hope you got mail. Ive never tried to use this website before, hope it works. Ck out my Facebook wiley Trout original works for sale gallery. I’ll be posting new works next week. Jim

  1. Your carvings are life like, what a beautiful talent. I hope some day I will be able to purchase one of them.

  2. I find your art pieces to be very beautiful and have told my wife that we will purchase something from you in the very near future for our home as I really like the items that you have produced. My wife has an undergraduate degree in art before she obtained a Masters Degree in the field of her expertise.

    I do have a question to ask of you regarding a piece of art that you may have or that you may know of someone else that has in the price range of One Hundred Dollars to Two Hundred Dollars? The reason I am asking this is because when I go online to look at pieces one can never really tell just how genuine the piece is going to look when its in your presence and I have a friend that I need to get something for him for his birthday. This fly fishing person has just about everything that you can imagine and although funds are not a major issue, we keep the cost below Two Hundred Dollars range simply out of respect so that by the time ten years turns around, it will not have reached the Two Thousand Dollar Mark if you know what I am referring to.

    Do you have anything that would be great for this friend of mine or more importantly, can you suggest a website for fly fishing people that you know of that have great quality items? Its really hard for me to judge by the website what the item will look like when its in front of me for obvious reasons.

    I thank you for your time and will be in touch with you in the near future with regards to getting a piece of yours to put on top of my fly fishing cabinet. There was one piece that really looked outstanding and will be in contact with you in a month or so after the holidays have calmed down. Of course, we also have the option of commissioning for you to create a piece to our specifications should that be an avenue for us to pursue.

    Thank you again and hope that you and your family had a great Holiday and that you have a very good 2015 New Year that is just around the corner.

    Sincerely yours,

    Robert Traxler

    PS I am hearing impaired and so therefore, I rely on using the email or the USPS for communication for obvious reasons.

  3. Jim,
    I am still enjoying my brook trout carving. No other artist captures those beautiful mountain jewels quite like you do. I’m honored to own one! I tell every smokies fly fishing enthusiast I meet about your work!

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